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"A Faithful Attempt" is designed to showcase a variety of K-12 art lessons, the work of my art students, as well as other art-related topics. Projects shown are my take on other art teacher's lessons, lessons found in books or else designed by myself.
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Thursday, September 5, 2019

Stained Glass in Oil Pastel


My older student have a love/hate relationship with oil pastels. I will say the majority hate using them and always ask me after an oil pastel project if they 'ever have to use them again', haha. I love them for their blending capabilities and bright colours but I find my students find them messy and difficult to control, so they get frustrated with them quite easily. 
So for this project the goal for them was to learn how to create a blended gradation or value change using oil pastels. We used stained glass as an inspiration because the glass used usually has a variation of values within it. 

They started off by looking at different types of stained glass online. Then, on coloured construction paper, they drew out their design in pencil. I encouraged them to include borders and not have super large shapes; to really break up the space. Once the drawing was finalized and approved by me, they traced over all the pencil lines using a jumbo/king size Sharpie to mimic the thick lead lines.
Then they coloured in the entire design using oil pastels, making sure to include gradations within each section.


Some Grade 7 - 9 artworks:
















Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Geometric Painted Hearts


I found some thin washi tape at Michaels a while back and absolutely love it- it has so many uses within the art room. I developed this painted heart lesson using this tape. 
So Grade 8 student created a symmetrical heart on folded paper and used this as a template to trace onto cardstock. Then they could either leave the paper white and put the tape on in geometric lines or paint it a colour first such as gold. 

Once the tape was put down students used tempera paint in whatever colour(s) they wanted. Many chose to do an ombre or gradation using tints of a colour.  Once this dries, peel off the tape (satisfying!!) and cut out the heart.








Some Grade 8 examples:






this student added a dandelion onto the background which is gorgeous.



this student created a galaxy







Friday, July 12, 2019

Dragon Eye Drawings & Paintings


I've seen this super cool lesson floating around Pinterest for quite a while. I finally bit the bullet and made my FIRST (yes my first) Teachers Pay Teacher purchase, haha. 
Let me tell you, it was the best $4 I've ever spent! 
I bought the "Eye of the Dragon" lesson from the shop Art with Creations Claudia Loubier 
who is from Quebec.
The digital download comes with the lesson plan and lots of handouts with 
visual reference images and practice sheets. 

My Grade 5 students drew their good copies on 9 x 12" heavy white paper.


They used the coloured pencil worksheet to practice blending colours on first 
before starting colouring on their actual eye. 


Some students preferred to use watercolour or charcoal. 



The kids really enjoyed this project and they all turned out very cool and colourful!




charcoal pencil







Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Concentric Circles Marker Design


This colour theory project is great for either the start or the end of a school year. It's also perfect as a sub lesson! I'll be doing it again this September when my Junior High mixed grade class (7-9) starts. It uses basic materials but yields lovely results and gives you a good idea of any
 new students starting art abilities. 

I posted this project before with my younger grades HERE. This project is my take on the popular warm/cool hand project you see alot on Pinterest. I believe the originator of this project was Art Projects for Kids, though I could no longer find the original post.

 I'm fortunate in that my junior high students all have their own laptops, so they use those to find images to reference for this project. I leave the subject matter up to them but you cold limit it to a specific theme such as plants, animals, nature, etc. I give them a 11 x 17" sheet of paper with concentric circles already printed on it.  Then they sketch their image onto it with pencil. 

They use warm or cool colours for the background and vice versus for the image. We use a variety of brands of markers in my art room but Mr. Sketch works really well with this project 
because of it's perfect thick chiseled marker tip.

Some Grade 7 - 9 results:







(this student wanted to use watercolour)


















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